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3D Map Generator - Terrain

Content
Features 3

Panel overview 4

Heightmapper Browser overview 17

Install the Plugin Photoshop CC-2014 and newer 20

Alternative manual installation CC-2014 and newer 24

Tutorials 27

Knowledge and resources 28

Support and troubleshooting 29

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3D Map Generator - Terrain
Plugin for Photoshop® CC-2014 + newer

Features
• 3D map from every heightmap possible
• Heightmap browser NEW

• Extensive tool to generate and edit your own heightmap


• Random base heightmaps function
• 21 heightmap brushes UPDATE

• Map elevation setting


• 3D map from a shape NEW

• 3 different isometric map orientations (left, frontal, right)


• 6 Top-View Map Presets NEW

• 16 gradient presets
• 22 seamless textures UPDATE

• Auto-Texturing NEW

• Different texturing brushes


• 21 background presets
• Contour lines tool UPDATE

• Water level function UPDATE

• Map edge color picker tool NEW

• Guides tool NEW

• Add and delete map depth (unlimted)


• Global Shadow function
• 4 effect brushes for designing the map surface
• Gravel function NEW

• Icons library functions > add your own icons


• 82 basic map icons UPDATE

• Panel for CC-2014 and newer


• Video Tutorials UPDATE

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Panel Overview
Start a new terrain project

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01. Heightmap and 3D Terrain


- create or edit a new heightmap
- generate a new terrain from a heightmap

02. Styling und texturing


- edit an already existing 3D map

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Heightmap – Design a heightmap

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03. Back to the start panel


04. Styling and icon library panel
05. Heightmap browser - search and export heightmaps
06. Help panel
07. Create a blank heightmap document (width x height)

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08. Heightmap brushes (see page 7)
09. Add a gradient helper for more a graphical view of the heightmap
10. Top-View Maps (see page 8)
11. / 12. Blur or/and melt your heightmap
13. Create random (elevated or flat) heightmaps
14. Controls the elevation intensity of the 3D map to be generated
15. 3D Map orientation ( left, frontal, right)

TIPP: To create a 3D map terrain from a


shape, simply name the shape layer “shape”!

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Heightmap – Brushes

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16. 21 different brushes for designing or modifying your heightmap


17. A heightmap consists of grayscales between 0 (black) and 255 (white).
With this tool it is easy to select the different grayscales. Additionally you can
enter the highest point of your map into the text field on the right side. The tool
then calculates which grayscale relates to which height. The value appears above
the blue slider. That will help you to generate more accurate terrains.
18. Create a new empty layer

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Top-View Maps
Please watch this video to see how it works: https://youtu.be/P3xBWPKKm4s

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41. Set the terrain elevation level


42. Legend option
43. 6 different Top-View map designs

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Styling – Design the terrain surface

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19. Back to the heightmap panel


20. Styling panel
21. Icon library
22. Gradient presets panel (p. 11)
23. Texturing panel (p. 12)
24. Ground presets panel (p. 15)

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25. Generates contour lines in different spacing. You can choose the color, use
different spacings at the same time or delete all lines. (Please watch the knowledge
videos p. 14)
26. Simulates the sea or groundwater level
27. Add more map depth
28. Edit the global light and shadow on your map
29. Different effect brushes and grain function for styling the surface:
- Gravel function generates automatically gravel around the 3d map
- 2 x trees
- water
- traffic

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Styling – Gradient presets

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30. 16 different gradient presets


31. To edit the gradient:
- click on the button “Edit Gradient” in the panel
- open the window > properties
- open the editor by clicking into the gradient
- after editing click “Save” in the 3D Map Generator - Terrain panel

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Styling – Texturing

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32. Edge color picker tool and Guides tool


33. 29 seamless textures:
- simply click on the desired texture and start to draw directly on the map
- last one special: set grid size and color
34. Different texturing brushes
35. Save the modified texture

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Styling – Auto-Texturing

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36. Auto-Texturing creates 8 different map textures automatically

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Styling – Auto-Maps

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44. Auto-Maps creates 6 different Top-View map textures automatically

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Styling – Background presets

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37. 21 different background presets

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Styling – Icon library

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38. 81 basic icons for styling your 3D map


39. Add your own icons into the icon library
40. Set the icon size

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Tangram Heightmapper - Online Heightmap Browser

This is an elevation data browser, which “auto-exposes” the display, so that the
highest and lowest visible elevations are white and black. The result is a grayscale
heightmap, suitable for use in Photoshop with the 3D Map Generator-Terrain to
generate individual 3D Maps.
Tutorial video: https://youtu.be/Bb0HnaYNUx4

Short instructions:

• Find the location you are looking for on Google Maps first - click “Google Maps”
• Copy the Google Maps URL to the search field in the Heightmapper panel
and press “OK”
• Click “Save as PNG” to save the result image to your hard disk.
• Go back to the Google Maps tab and switch to satellite view
• In the Google Maps menu click “3D off” and “Label off”
• Take a screenshot of the full browser view
• Open the grayscale heightmap in Photoshop and place the
google maps screenshot

Optional:
• Uncheck “auto-expose” to set min and max height levels manually

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01. Search for locations only with the Heightmapper


02. Go to Google Maps (or OpenStreetmap)
03. Paste the Google Maps coordinate URL
04. Save the result as PNG on your hard disk

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05. Help / Short instruction


06. Set the elevation
07. Auto-exposure
08. Show the ocean data

If you use Google maps textures make sure you do not violate any rights:
https://www.google.com/intl/en_de/help/terms_maps.html

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Install the panel in
Photoshop CC-2014 and newer

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Install the panel – Photoshop CC-2014 + newer  
IMPORTANT:
Do not modify the content of the 3D Map Generator folder!
If you modify the content of the folder, the plugin will no longer
work. Then you have to download it again.

1. Open Photoshop, go to File > Scripts > Browse...

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2. Browse to the unzipped 01_installation folder
and select the 3D-Map-Generator-Terrain-installer.jsx

3. Follow the instruction


4. Restart Photoshop
5. Browse to Window > Extensions > 3D Map Generator - Terrain

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ONLY from 6. Choose „Load as Tool“ in the Photoshop message box
Photoshop - Done! 
CC-2018

ONLY from If no message box appears and the plugin does not work
Photoshop as described:
CC-2018
1. Go to Edit > Preferences > General ... (CTRL + K)
2. Click „Reset All Warning Dialogs“
3. Open the plugin again and
4. Choose „Load as Tool“ in the Photoshop message box

Uninstall
1. Click the HELP button in the panel and scroll to 12.
2. Click the Uninstall button and follow the instruction
3. Restart Photoshop

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Alternative
manual installation
Photoshop CC-2014 and newer

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Alternative manual installation
Photoshop CC-2014 and newer

Windows
Navigate to your download folder > 01_installation and copy the
folder “3D_Map_Generator_Terrain” to the appropriate directory:

Windows 64:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\CEP\extensions\
Windows 32:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\CEP\extensions\

If the Adobe\CEP\extensions folder does not exist, you can create it.

Restart Photoshop. You will find the extension in the Photoshop menu:
Window > Extensions > 3D Map Generator - Terrain

OSX
Launch Terminal and run this command to open the install folder
(or open the folder by yourself):

open /Library/Application\Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions/

Navigate to your download folder > 01_installation and copy the


folder “3D_Map_Generator_Terrain” into the extensions folder.

Restart Photoshop. You will find the extension in the Photoshop menu:
Window > Extensions > 3D Map Generator - Terrain

Ensure that you do not modify the 3D Map Generator folder.


Doing so will cause a “The 3D Map Generator - Terrain extension
could not be loaded because it was not properly signed”
error when you try to launch it.

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Uninstalling the manual installation

1. Navigate to the extensions folder to the appropriate directory:

WINDOWS
Windows 64: C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\CEP\extensions\
Windows 32: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\CEP\extensions\

OSX
/Library/Application\ Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions/

2. Delete the “3D_MAP_GENERATOR_TERRAIN.extension” folder.

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Tutorials
Install and Uninstall: https://youtu.be/x_5FYxgJyY4
Draw a basic heightmap: https://youtu.be/eJgHer3fUkA
Get a heightmap from a real location: https://youtu.be/Bb0HnaYNUx4
Styling > Gradients: https://youtu.be/TwQWCTNLnpg
Styling > Texturing: https://youtu.be/sykl2Q2D428
Styling > Contour Lines: https://youtu.be/wS76d1RX-qI
Styling > Backgrounds: https://youtu.be/DXooN7Z04FA
Place and Load own Icons : https://youtu.be/RNtX2X0N2MM

Tutorials Update
Auto-Texturing tool: https://youtu.be/4a2ivmpcSrk
3D Map from Shape: https://youtu.be/ckZebUrQCNQ
Refresh the plugin tools: https://youtu.be/0W6ZzhIrvYE
How to update the Plugin https://youtu.be/cQ-2RV8eIQo
What is new in v1.1 https://youtu.be/H0ZpUI7PQfE
What is new in v1.4 https://youtu.be/P3xBWPKKm4s

Puplic tutorials
How to get a bigger sized 3D Map https://youtu.be/Rp_l4Yd-vWQ
How to change the resolution to 300 dpi https://youtu.be/cZ2OoEMpb60
How to empress a road into 3D map https://youtu.be/kq1HHbzCSAo
Create an individual 3D typography https://youtu.be/PNELmBMXrdw
Create a Cross-Section through a volcano https://youtu.be/SXp3E3brrMk
Edit the background preset https://youtu.be/0z8yrpu-FUA
From heightmap + Google Maps to 3D [...] https://youtu.be/Bb0HnaYNUx4

More 3D-Map-Generator infos,


! tutorials and stuff:
www.3d-map-generator.com

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Knowledge

What is a heightmap (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heightmap


What is a contour line: https://youtu.be/9kNkpQTwPc0
How to read and interpret topographic maps: https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=L1AWNR-Y0pQ

Isometric graphics (Wikipedia) : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isometric_graphics_in_vi-


deo_games_and_pixel_art

Resources
Heigtmaps with Global Data Explorer: https://gdex.cr.usgs.gov/gdex/
Free heightmaps from terrain.party (only US): http://terrain.party/
OpenStreetMap: http://www.openstreetmap.org

More 3D-Map-Generator Infos,


! Tutorials and Stuff:
www.3d-map-generator.com

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Support and troubleshooting

Of course we will support you with the installation and usage of this plugin. Just
write us an e-mail by using the contact form on our envato profile page.

http://graphicriver.net/user/Orange_Box

But before you send your message,


please read the instructions and watch
the tutorials. It’s much faster than
waiting for a reply. We spend a lot of
time to describe all steps very well.

Didn’t you find the answer?

Then please log in to your envato account and use the e-mail form at our profile
page to contact us.

If you are reporting an issue:

• give us as much information as possible


(Photoshop Version number, OS version)
• tell us what exactly you have done

• screenshots are helpful

• videos are very helpful. Try this free app: http://recordit.co/

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